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excruciate

[ ik-skroo-shee-eyt ]
/ 瑟k藞skru 蕛i藢e瑟t /
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verb (used with object), ex路cru路ci路at路ed, ex路cru路ci路at路ing.
to inflict severe pain upon; torture: The headache excruciated him.
to cause mental anguish to; irritate greatly.
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Origin of excruciate

1560鈥70; <Latin excruci膩tus, past participle of excruci膩re to torment, torture, equivalent to ex-ex-1 + cruci膩re to torment, crucify (derivative of crux cross); see -ate1
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British Dictionary definitions for excruciate

excruciate
/ (瑟k藞skru藧蕛瑟藢e瑟t) /

verb (tr)
to inflict mental suffering on; torment
obsolete to inflict physical pain on; torture

Derived forms of excruciate

excruciation, noun

Word Origin for excruciate

C16: from Latin excruci膩re, from cruci膩re to crucify, from crux cross
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